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Gender Dysphoria

Gender dysphoria refers to a state of psychological distress or discomfort associated with having an experience of gender that does not match one’s gender assigned at birth. The term was coined by Norman Fisk in 1973 to explain what drove some individuals to seek professional help to align their gender presentation and sex characteristics with how they perceived themselves. Since then, it has appeared in numerous publications about transsexualism, transgenderism, and gender nonconformity and has remained at the center of discussions about diagnosis and standards of care for individuals seeking gender-related treatments.

Gender dysphoria differs from transsexualism, transgenderism, and gender nonconformity. While it is common for transsexuals and transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people to experience or report having experienced gender dysphoria at some point ...

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